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Interview. An experienced mental health professional can diagnose OCD by means of a comprehensive interview and specific questionnaires. In some cases, it is important to rule out certain physical diseases before diagnosing OCD.
Psychological problems. OCD can be accompanied by other psychological problems. For example, children and adolescents with OCD sometimes present tics (repetitive involuntary movements) or significant attention problems. Both adults and children also tend to have symptoms of depression (excessive sadness, a general lack of motivation, etc.). In addition, people with OCD frequently have anxiety problems.